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van Commenee to step down

UKA have today confirmed that Head Coach Charles van Commenee will leave UKA in December.

Charles van Commenee

Charles van Commenee

The team set to lead British Athletics through the next Olympic cycle and on to the 2017 London World Championships will be announced shortly. CEO Niels de Vos has overseen a succession plan ahead of van Commenee’s contract coming to an end later this year in order to ensure the continuity of the long term successes in the sport.

De Vos said:

“Charles has done an excellent job preparing British Athletics for the 2012 Olympic Games. We have spoken daily for the last four years and have discussed the post 2012 position almost as often.

“He and I have always been aware of the possibility of him leaving and we are confident that our long term plan will enable us to continue building on the success we achieved in London. There is no doubt Charles has helped to transform our culture, and we can now look forward to further success under the leadership of a new team.”

Van Commenee said:

“Niels and I have worked hard to implement accountability as it is vital to the culture of elite sport, and this has been absolutely central to what we have achieved here in a short space of time. Whilst I am thankful for the kind comments and wishes I have received in recent weeks, I believe my decision has the interests of British athletics at it’s heart in sustaining this culture.

“I am happy the future is looking promising with the talent that is about to break through now. But now it needs the new energy and approach by the new leadership team through to 2017.

“As CEO Niels has always had an eye on the eventuality of my leaving – indeed he and I have worked together to put in place an excellent succession plan for the sport. I look forward to seeing the future successes for the GB & NI team through to Rio and the World Championships in London.”